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Student Theological Conference

The Student Theological Conference offers students enrolled in any Chicagoland theological or divinity school the opportunity to present, critique and share their writings on topics related to theology. It creates communion and ecumenical discussion through open invitation to the Association of Chicago Theological Seminaries, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Loyola University of Chicago's department of theology and Wheaton College's biblical and theological studies department.

STC On Friday, April 20, 2012, participants will gather at Garrett-Evangelical for the fifth annual conference.  Presenters will explore the topic of Church and State as it relates to theology, ministry, biblical studies, and Christian tradition. Presentations include sermons, research papers, exegetical papers, and ministry projects. 

Please click on the tabs below to learn more about the conference and how you can particpate. Please direct all questions and inquiries to the staff coordinator, Krista McNeil at:, or call her at: 847.866.3903


Registration: Registration is $15 per person and includes admission, breakfast, lunch. A limited number of parking spaces are available for $7 per car on the day of the conference.

Register now!

Presenter Biographical Form:  Fill out this form if you are a presenter at the conference.  The moderator of your presentation session will use the information to introduce you to your peers.  Have fun with your answers--we really want to get to know you!


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is located at:

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Our receptionist can be reached at 1-800-SEMINARY.

If you are taking the CTA, we are located just off of the Purple line, 2 blocks east and 1 block north of the Foster stop; and 2 blocks east and 1 block south of the Noyes stop. 

Alternatively, you can take the the Metra to the Davis Street Stop, then transfer to the CTA and get off at Foster or Noyes. 

All parking reservations for Friday, April 20th should be made with Krista McNeil at 847.866.3903.

Papers & Editors

The topic for the 2011/2012 conference is Church and State. All papers must grapple with issues of Church and State as it relates to Christian theology in one of the following four areas: Bible; church history; theology & ethics; or pastoral & practical ministry. Final papers should be 10-15 pages in length, Times New Roman, double-spaced with one inch margins. 

First Draft Paper Expectations
First drafts of papers are due by November 18th, 2011. The papers should be complete with a developed argument that supports the thesis statement. They should be 10-15 pages in length, Times New Roman, double-spaced with one inch margins. They will be edited, and proofread by the student editorial board.

Second Draft Paper Expectations
Second drafts of papers are due by February 17, 2012. Writers are expected to have addressed comments and feedback provided by the student editors on the first draft.  The papers will be read by both the student editoral board and the professor editorial board.

Final Draft Paper Expectations
Final drafts of papers are due by March 16th, 2012. Papers should be free of grammatical mistakes and writers should have addressed all comments and feedback given during the first two rounds of editing.  Final papers will be posted online so that  participants may read them before the day of the conference.

Student Editorial Board Paper Presentations

Student Editorial Board


Carol Korak
Julie Schubring
Dan Smith


Geoff Ashmun
Violet Fenn
Brandon Lulay
Kwang Oh
Elizabeth Pierre
Carole Snow


Ryan Hansen
Mandy Morrow
Tasha Sargent
Rene Schreiner

Practical and Pastoral Ministry

Kathleen McMurray
Sarah Mitchell
Christine Wilke

Paper Presentations


Brian Blackmore Chicago Theological Seminary "Pedagogy for Speaking Bodies: 
Teachings from the Religious Studies
Classroom in Public Schools"
John Crowley-Buck Loyola University "The Value of Nomos and Narrative"
Abigail Ozanne Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Christmas, Consumerism,
and Civil Religion"
Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko McCormick Theological Seminary  "Under Attack: Analysis of Japanese American Christian Identity in the Wake of
Pearl Harbor and 9-11"
Perzavia Praylow   Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary  "Modeling Womanhood: 
Christian Missions,
Single Sex Schooling and the
Higher Education of Black Women in the South, 1880-1930"


James A. Filkins  Catholic Theological Union "Elements of a Responsibilty Model
of Moral Decision Making
in Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience'"
Shane Hinson Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "A Quest for Justice"
Kwang-Jin Oh Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "TBD"
Christopher Porter Loyola University "The Demise of Human Dignity by Capitalism"
Yahu Vinayaraj Luthern School of Theology at Chicago "Interrogating Colonial/Postcolonia Gaze:
Some Methodological Contestations on Ethnography, Anthropology, and Theology"


Eric Covington Wheaton College "Jeasus the Zealot?: Examining Jesus' Statements of Violence in Matthew 10:34"
Ryan Hansen Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "The War of Worldcraft: Revelation's Cosmic Rhetoric Against Roman Imperial Cultic Discourse."
Mandy Morrow Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Re-imagining Fairytales:
What Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and ABC's Once Upon a Time 
can tell us about Society and the Bible."
Chicago Theological Seminary "Hebrews 11 and Historical Reconstruction"
Rene Schreiner Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Badiou’s Lesson to Theologians: The importance of Contingency"

Practical and Pastoral Ministry

Lauren Anders Northern Baptist Theological Seminary "Desmond Tutu: Radical Disciple"
Amy Valdez Barker Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "The Potential of a Spiritually Generative System in the United Methodist Church"
Lee Bonghun McCormick Theological Seminary "The Female Minister in the Korean Immigrant Church"

Keynote Speaker

It is with great honor that we announce Marci A. Hamilton as our keynote speaker for the HamiltonStudent Theological Conference 2012:  Church and State.   

She will deliver her keynote address at 1:00 p.m. in Garrett-Evangelical's Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on Friday, April 20, 2012.  

MARCI A. HAMILTON is one of the United States’ leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press 2008) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005, 2007), and the co-editor of Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Law (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).  She is a bi-weekly columnist for  She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, New York University School of Law, Emory University School of Law, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Professor Hamilton has served as constitutional and federal law counsel in many important religious land use and clergy sex abuse cases in state and federal courts, and has been invited to testify before numerous legislatures on constitutional issues and on the reform of the laws to protect against childhood sex abuse.  She was lead counsel for the City of Boerne, Texas, in Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), before the United States Supreme Court in its seminal federalism and church/state case holding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional.

Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy and M.A., high honors, in English from Pennsylvania State University, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

Ms. Hamilton's lecture is open to all who wish to attend.  If you would like to join us for lunch or to attend the rest of the Student Theological Conference, please register to attend.  There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of lunch.


Day of the Conference, April 20, 2012

8:30-9:00 a.m. - Check-in and Breakfast, Cross Tower Room
9:00 a.m. - Opening Worship
9:30 - Welcoming Address, Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
9:40 a.m.-12p.m. - First Session of Papers
12:00 p.m. - Lunch 
1:00-2:30p.m. - Keynote Address, Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
2:40-5:00p.m. - Second Session of Papers
5:00p.m. - Optional dinner at Tommy Nevin's Pub, downtown Evanston  

Important Dates

November 18, 2011:  First Drafts Due
February 17, 2012:  Second Drafts Due
March 16, 2012: Final Drafts Due
April 20, 2012: Day of Conference


We welcome gifts!  If you would like to make a gift to the Student Theological Conference, please click here to be directed to Garrett-Evangelical's Online Gift Form.  Just be sure to designate that you would like your gift to go to the STUDENT THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE. 

The student editorial board works very diligently to keep the cost of the Conference as low as possible.  This means we avoid printing as much as possible to save on the cost of ink and paper; and we avoid mailing to save on paper and the cost of postage.  Participants in the Conference submit all papers and proposals electronically and all editing and feedback is likewise done electronically. 

Even still, there are some costs which are unavoidable and some printing that is necessary:  the cost of lunch, an honorarium for the keynote speaker, travel expenses for the keynote speaker, and the cost of printing programs for the day of the Conference. 

We are so appreciative and thankful for your support. 

-The Student Editorial Board

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